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Six Steps to DevOps Cultural Transformation - The Strategy

Navdeep Singh Gill | 07 April 2020


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Introduction to DevOps Cultural Transformation

A few years ago, when Agile software deployment was introduced, it forced the majority of the IT system organizations to adopt the new deploying software as per their need at a very increasing rate. In this present era, we are in a place that, we have fully developed systems and the majority of the systems have changed to the  Agile software deployment as per their need, but the process was not that easy. There were many failures, and the majority of the things are learned from the losers, but there are some limitations in the old system, so there is a new system “DevOps”, it can solve many problems, but just like Agile there is a lot to learn. Every organization has Cultural and Technical challenges to adopt DevOps Cultural Transformation. In this blog, we shall discuss some of the guidelines for DevOps Cultural Transformation. There are some set of rules; by following them, an organization can adopt DevOps very quickly and efficiently.
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Step 1 - Get a New Toolset

To achieve high outputs in DevOps, you should have an extended and improved toolset, which will have cloud services as the most critical aspect. In DevOps the process to create, small, isolated environments instantly, you need to become completely automated. The system should be able to operate, test, build and deploy the systems. In the DevOps, the process of tearing the system, reconstructing it, and scaling it into the system of production without disturbing the toolset will have a unique advantage. To implement DevOps in an organization, the monitoring, managing, deploying, the resources for the solution has to work as a group, rather than maintaining them individually.

Step 2 - Efficient and Transparent Communication

While shifting to DevOps, the most important thing to get corrected is to have or encourage efficient and transparent communication throughout the company. In traditional organizations, functions are generally isolated and separated. There might be limited interaction with IT operations and developers. In a system, the services will search for organizational stability, developers will search for change, and testers will search for risk reduction. We should have the collaboration and communication between teams, development and IT operations to get the best outcomes from DevOps.

Step 3 - Push Change From the Top

For the basic, start implementing from the bottom. Especially a change (or) cultural change, will not happen without top-down sponsorship. But it doesn’t stay for the long run until it is implemented in the smallest unit. Implementing DevOps at the team level, for example, teams will try to examine the things and check what the possible ways are and find the obstacles which are stopping the development and solve the issues. At the same time, they are small enough to handle. Indeed, the majority of the successful transformations happened through continuous improvement, instead of a sudden change.

Step 4 - Accepting the Failures and Learning Fast

As we know that DevOps is mostly related to learning fast and doing things quickly, initially there might be 99% chances of failure and some times it will be very tough. Still, with proper approach and guidelines, the worst situations can be handled and improved, and the important thing is that accepting the failures plays a perfect role here, else in the organization, the blame game starts. However, the “Just Fail and Adjust Sooner” approach may give better results. The first step towards the learning form failures for DevOps may provide better success in the future.

Step 5 - Changing the Process is Necessary

The processes which we are using present are evolved, but they have some defects, improving processes and creating new ways is difficult, but it’s necessary for the organization. To alter them as efficient as possible and more logical, then we have to remove the old processes which are inefficient of current methods, and we have to replace them with some completely new ones, most importantly ina felid of automation and testing. We have to check whether that the new processes that are introduced should be automated whenever it is possible.we should also add minimum manual operations and testing at all levels, from the unit level to the integration and infrastructure level. Thus changing the process is necessary for the  DevOps implementation .

Step 5 - Focusing on Automation

As we all know that DevOps is mostly about automation, and if possible, acquire zero-touch automation. The DevOps leads and IT managers will try to select the DevOps processes and best tools that help to achieve automation. After choosing the devices, its time to define the steps to use each tool and policies, why and when. The tools like Chef, Kubernetes, Docker, Jfrog, Terraform, Slack, AWS, etc. Will help you to build your automation capabilities. Automating the repetitive developer tasks and some routine activities will help developers to get extra time, which can be utilized on the things which will help the business. With the help of automation, companies fail fast, build fast, deliver quickly, and by which the companies can improve their overall performance.

Step 6 - Searching for Improvements through Testing

To improve the process, the speed, the quality of the system, then the organization should develop the testing techniques of the system because many faults can be found in the order through testing. Testing will help the organization and team members to find the accuracy of the product. While adopting DevOps organizations may face many troubles in the system, these can be improved through testing. To support this cultural change, we require a place with flexible systems, various ways of working to identify opportunities and issues. If an order will make rapid adjustments and test again, then the organization will adopt DevOps in a better way.


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